- About Penelope Ponders -
Welcome to the enchanting world of Penelope Ponders. Penelope is the lead heroine in the Persnickety Wicks adventure series which inspired many of our dreamy products. Penelope's magic and love for bees and nature are woven into all the organic natural ingredients used to create our balms, candles, potions and elixirs. I hand make each confection in small batches with meticulous kitchen-witchery-attention to detail, promising a sensory adventure you won't forget, while leaving your skin and body feeling nourished and smelling oh so yummy!
While our Penelope Ponders products are super dreamy themselves, as a certified Dream Coach, I am also dedicated to nourishing the spiritual lives of those seeking deeper connection with the wisdom of their dreams. Using psychoanalytical methods developed by Carl Jung, I have been working dreams for over ten years with family and friends and recently felt the call to offer this spiritual gift to the public. I am by no means a psychologist or therapist. I am not equipped to make any kind of professional diagnosis or treatment plan. However, over the years, I have had great success assisting clients as they connect with their dreams, helping them reach that "ah-ha" moment of clarity so they can confidently follow their Soul Path, both in waking life and in sleep.
My personal dream work journey started in 2008. I was an adult student at Belmont University in Nashville and signed up for a Dream Work course as an elective. My instructor opened me up to a world I had no idea existed. I have always felt a strong connection to my dreams, even as a very young child. As a writer, I have also always been drawn to metaphor and symbolism hidden in myths, fairy tales, songs and film. The Bible and Torah are filled with stories highlighting the importance of dreams. During this class, I was equipped with the language needed to crack the code so-to-speak to the "collective universal unconscious." I don't believe I have ever viewed the world the same since completing that course of study. It was during this study that I started a dream group that met once a month in my home. We started with four close friends, but eventually grew to 15-20 folks coming on a regular basis. It has been an amazing experience watching often very diverse individuals walk in afraid to share something so deep with the group... Something literally from their soul. Then as the group begins sharing their intuitive responses, seeing the spark of light as the dreamer begins to make what I can only explain as Divine connections. It is awe inspiring- a beautiful thing to behold.
About Dream Work?
Over the years, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to study and work along side several global dream masters, and have acquired a wide array of techniques and tools to work within the Dreamtime. The study of dreams is ancient. The collective unconscious is something that is/has been shared across all cultures and all of time. I believe the Dreamtime is a sacred space where you can intimately become one with God, and can even heal the mind, body & spirit. While I always begin my sessions utilizing a Jungian approach, I also work with Angels, guides and ancestors to intuit the hidden meaning within dreams.
"All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own." - Plutarch
Currently, I hold various dream group workshops that are open to the public. For those that prefer private sessions, I offer one-on-one dream work via email as well as scheduled live Skype sessions. During this work, there is an exchange of questions and answers in regards to patterns I intuitively see in the dream being shared. At some point during the dialogue, the Dreamer will have an "A-ha" moment. We will then dig deeper into what aspects of waking life the dream is speaking to, and together, we will formulate actions to help activate the dream so that healing and awakening can occur.
In addition to my Dream Coach certification, I am also a certified Advanced Reiki Practitioner and offer combo Dream Work & Reiki distance healing sessions. I have learned that the more you show your dreams you are listening and acting on their wisdom, the more they will open up to you, revealing your true Soul Path.
For those of you who have trouble sleeping and/or remembering your dreams, we can work through this too. Several of my kitchen creations are sleep/dream aids. This along with some tricks of the trade will have you snoozing and traveling through the Dreamtime in no time. Please contact me for details.
"Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, the arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep all boil up from the basic magic ring of myth." - Joseph Campbell